Walk out of a Dominican hair salon and you’re guaranteed smooth, swingy, shiny hair that looks good for a week — key for time-crunched mamas! But we also know that making the time to get a salon blowout with all you have going on (kids, work, laundry!) and the wait time (the salons are typically super busy especially on the weekends) isn’t always a reality with your schedule. If you can’t make a trip to your local Dominican hair salon, you can still achieve the silky, bouncy results at home. Ana Nuñez, of the Dominican hair salon Manhattan Unisex in New York City, offers her top smoothing tips. (Oh yeah, and having the bachata music playing in the background and some pastelitos to munch on are optional!)
1. Do three washes. “Un been shampu” [a good shampoo] is essential to making your blowdry shine and last. You want to make sure you get all the gunk out from your scalp, and the leftover buildup on hair that can ruin your style.
2. Prep your hair. Deep conditioning will keep your hair healthy and moisturized and able to handle the intense heat that will follow. Ana recommends the Silicon Mix Bambu Nutritive Hair Treatment, which is imported from the Dominican Republic. Apply from root to ends and leave in for five minutes, then rinse out thoroughly.
3. Blow-dry hair. Section off your hair and start in the back, the trickiest area to blow-dry. Working with two-inch pieces, use a high-heat blower (Ana suggests Solano because they get super HOT, which you need for the best smoothing resuts!) with a focused nozzle to help concentrate the hot air to smooth out kinks and a big round boar bristle brush to blow-dry hair. Positioning the dryer one inch away from your hair and the brush on top of the hair, pull the hair taut working the brush and dryer down the hair shaft from root to ends. Alternate placing the brush under and over the hair, then, for bouncy movement, roll the hair around the brush over and over again while blasting with hot air. Once the hair starts slipping out of the brush then you know the hair is completely dry and smooth and you can move on to the next piece.
4. Finish with a tiny bit of shine spray. To make your blowdry last, use just a bit of shine spray from mid length to ends and just over the top layer of hair. Try: OGX Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shimmering Keratin Oil.